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Kent Monkman

Kent Monkman (b. 1965) is an artist of Cree ancestry who works in a variety of media including painting, film, video, performance and installation. He is perhaps best known for his meticulous reinterpretations of historical Canadian art, as well as his flamboyant cross-dressing alter ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle. Monkman’s work often features clothing and costumed performance that bringsattention to, and re-envisions, issues of gender, sexual orientation, and cultural identity in response to often biased received histories.

Tall Tails is an installation with music that references Monkman’s performance work. Fashion, as a signifier of cultural change, is a recurring theme Monkman explores in various media. The costume on the mannequin is one ofthree successively larger and more outlandish headdresses worn by Monkman (in his role as Miss Chief Eagle Testickle) during the performance Séance. The music on the headphones is entitled Dance to Miss Chief (Dwayne Minard Cellout Remix).

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